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DC Special Police Officer Murdered By Gunman

Washington, DC – DC Metropolitan Special Police Department (MSPD) Special Police Officer Shawn Minor was murdered in the line of duty early Sunday morning, according to investigators.

DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers responded to the 2500-block of Elvans Road Southeast at approximately 12:23 a.m. on May 22 after gunshots rang out, the department said in a press release.

They arrived to find 33-year-old Special Police Officer Minor suffering from gunshot wounds.

The special police officer did not have any signs of life and was pronounced dead at the scene, the MPD said.

Special Police Officer Minor was on-duty and in uniform when he was fatally shot.

His death has been labeled as a homicide.

It is unclear whether or not police have identified a suspect in the case.

Investigators have also not released any information regarding the shooting itself.

The MPD is offering an award of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the gunman.

“Our hearts are heavy as we learn about the tragic line of duty death of Special Police Officer Shawn Minor,” the MSPD said in a press release on Sunday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and his agency (Edwards Security Consultants, LLC) during this difficult time.”

Special Police Officer Minor, who lived in Forestville, Maryland, “was a son, a brother, a father, and a friend to many,” the MSPD said.

“His life mattered,” the agency added.

Special police officers are private security guards who are commissioned with police powers, but those powers are limited to the property included in their contracts, The Washington Post reported.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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